Appellation Central was recently awarded the 2011New Zealand Best of Wine Tourism award for Wine Tourism Services.
This is a great accolade for the professionalism of Appellation Central and quality of our tours. Read what the Judges said:
. It was my pleasure to have been on your tour. I found it to be one of the most professional that I have been on and there were lots of great little personal touches that set it apart from others.
Dr Richard Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Tourism, University of Otago.
After reading the application and then experiencing the tour, I came away with the impression that you leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of business excellence. In my experience, there are a small group of business owners and operators who have made the very conscious decision to optimise their product and their business. The industry needs more conscientious business- focused operators like you. Tara Druce, Tourism Consultant, Central Otago
Trade tasting April 2009
We recently attended a trade tasting of over 100 wines in Queenstown. Here are some brief notes of a couple of the Pinot Noirs that caught my eye:
Shakey Bridge '06 - 18/20
A delightful spicy aroma, rich and powerful dark fruits onthe palate and great length.
Aurum Mathilde '07 - 17.5/20
Rich and voluptuous with delightful brambly fruits,soft tannins and a hint of spice on the finish.
Olssens Jackson Barry '07 - 18/20
Rich, full bodied and complex with memories of rich xmas cake and a long spicy finish (limited supply).
Prophets Rock '06 - 18/20
An exotic spicy nose leads to a fascinating wine with characters of dark plum pudding and spices with underlying fine tannins.